My cats annoy me. They disturb my sleep, they want attention, they demand food which they then disdain, they throw up, they cost me money and devour my time. But among the worst of their sins is that they use their litter-boxes. Yes! They amble into the store-room, step into the boxes and do what they are supposed to do. It’s enough to drive me to distraction!
Let me explain. My cats are, for the most part, very clean in their habits. What little cannot be considered clean, such as scattering litter on the floor, I minimize with precautions. They are regular and conscientious. They are hygienic. But they use their litter-boxes - immediately after I scoop them!
I rid the boxes of waste thrice daily, once in the morning, again in the late afternoon or early evening, and, finally, before bed. When a particularly stinky deposit has been made, I go to work with a scoop even more often. Sometimes, I wash out the boxes.
And then, one or more of the animals heads directly to the boxes and messes in them again. This can happen seconds after I finish. Not infrequently, the beasts appear to be waiting for me to complete my chore. The whole process of sweeping the store-room floor and scooping the boxes, putting the debris in a bag to throw out or flushing it down the toilet is obviated. I must do it again, as if I had not done it already. You can understand from this just how malicious my pets are.
They do use the boxes. And they sometimes remember to cover the results. They clean themselves and only rarely does a big bummed cat hang her rear over the entrance and miss. I am lucky that they have so few issues with the habit. Things are pretty good at my home.
But immediately after I scoop? Really?